After 6 decades of continuous production with relatively little cosmetic change, Harley-Davidson finally introduces an all-new Sportster. This new model is designed around the 1,250cc Revolution Max engine that also powers Milwaukee’s first adventure bike – the Pan America 1250.
Is it a bobber, tracker, or both?
According to Harley, the new Sportster S is inspired by classic bobber motorcycles, while the tail section, high-mount exhaust, and slim solo seat draw inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker.
The overall styling also revolves around the Sportster S’s massive engine, which is “an expression of the motorcycle’s raw power,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson VP of styling and design.
“Pan America cruiser”
As mentioned above, the new Harley-Davidson Sportster S is powered by the same engine found in the Pan America 1250 – which is a first in the Sportster’s 64 years of production history. Until this year, the engine remained relatively unchanged.
To improve weight and riding characteristics, the engineers of Harley-Davidson have made the engine a stressed member of the frame, while the torque delivery is tuned to be as flat as possible across the entire rev range.
The new Sportster S also boasts of an assortment of electronic features that are fast becoming standard in cruiser motorcycles. Besides 3 riding modes that are pre-programmed (Rain, Road and Sport), there are an additional 2 riding modes that the rider can customize to their preference.
Additionally, the new Sportster S also features cornering riding aids, ABS, and traction control.
The rider benefits from all-LED lighting, and a 4-inch TFT screen that can be connected to a smartphone to manage calls, music, and even navigation.
According to Wheeltek Harley-Davidson of Cavite boss, Bobby Orbe, tentatively, the new Sportster S could be landing in showrooms as early as Q4 of this year, depending of course on demand and importation situation at the time. SRP though is still to be determined. The new Sportster S will be available in Vivid Black, Stone Washed White Pearl, and Midnight Crimson.